Post by Emily Post by rumpelstiltskin
After my heart valve replacement, I noticed that I was bleeding
more if I scratched off a scab. I was on Lisinopril, so I stopped
taking it, and I've stopped taking a baby aspirin (which was
prescribed) too, except that for a week I was having arthritis in
my left wrist so I took a full aspirin. The arthritis isn't
completely gone not, but it's usually not particularly noticeable.
Do you check your BP at home? If you're not going to take your
lisinopril, you should at least do that.
No, I'm not that paranoid. Every bleedin' time I go to the
hospital, they weigh me and take my blood pressure first, even
if I'd just been to the hospital the day before and had it done
then. Last Wednesday I went to the hospital for a routine GP
appointment and to get a sonogram, which I'd managed to get
scheduled for the same day. My GP was very happy with my
progress, and flattered me that it was unusual to have a
patient who, when he asks him to do something, actually does
it. I told him, though, when he mentioned again a colonoscopy,
that I hoped not to set foot inside a hospital again for at least
another month. I also told him I wasn't taking the two
"Frankenstein" drugs that an unfamiliar doctor had foisted on
me as I was leaving the hospital the last time.
(Metoprolol Tartrate and Pantoprazole) I took one pill of
each the first day,but then read the "side effects" and the
comments from humans who had taken them, and decided
right away that I didn't want anything to do with either of
For quite a while I was carrying a cane, though not using it
much, but lately I don't feel any need to bother taking the
cane. I'm still walking more slowly than most people, which
is annoying, but at least my stamina is improving.